Masters Mantell Challenge
This is an off road event for club members that gives every runner an equal chance of winning the Masters Mantell Challenge Trophy. Each runner is given a handicapped time with the slowest starting first.
The Masters Mantell Challenge takes place during the evening around September time each year. This year (2018) it will take place on Tuesday 4th September, with the slowest runners starting at about 6.30pm and the fastest at about 7.00pm. The expected finish time for all runners is 7.30pm (just on sunset).
It provides the opportunity for any Lewes AC member aged over 15 to enter and potentially to win the Masters Mantell trophy. Other awards are presented on an ‘age graded’ basis.
Each competitor is given a handicap based on their recent performances in distance / middle-distance races. Runners will then be started at 10-second intervals based on their handicap, with the slowest runners starting first and the fastest last. If all goes well everyone gets to the end of the course at almost the same time and it is then a race to the finish. The first to cross the line wins the trophy.
Starting times for each entrant are published a few days before the race on the masters mantell challenge wiki page. Once entered runners need to arrive at the starting area 15-30 minutes before their starting time to pick up their number. There is no entry fee.
The Trophy records the contribution made to the success of Lewes AC by the Chairman of the club Peter Masters. It is also in recognition of Tom Mantell, a Lewes athlete who made a significant contribution to athletics in Lewes during the 1880s.
The current course starts on Hawkenbury Way on the Nevill Estate, at the spot where it takes a right-angle turn. It goes up past the racecourse, Mount Harry and Black Cap, then turns by the gate beyond Black Cap, and returns over Black Cap and Mount Harry to finish in the meadow approximately 200m from the start. The course has been measured at 5.2 miles.
The Masters Mantell Trophy and other awards will be presented a little later at a gathering in the Black Horse Pub in Western Road, to which everyone is invited.